Loya death: Opposition seeks SIT probe in plea to Ram Nath Kovind

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A delegation of MP's from the opposition parties has been led to Rashtrapati Bhavan by the Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the President, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: "We met the President over Judge Loya's death".

Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had died allegedly of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

Judge Loya's death has become one of the most discussed issues in recent times.The demand for a probe in the case getting a political boost indicates that the opposition is in no mood to let the BJP president Amit Shah off the hook of suspicion easily. Judge Thombre died in suspicious circumstances while travelling in a train from Nagpur to Bangalore on May 16, 2016 in Hyderabad and there is no FIR till date on the incident, the party said. "It will be an ode to him and his family that the investigation takes place properly". This feeling was expressed to us by different parties and large number of MPs...

The top court had earlier transferred to itself pleas pending in the Bombay High Court on Loya's death and restrained other courts from entertaining any petitions relating to it.

Gandhi said the president gave them a positive response.

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On being asked for the reason to approach the President while the case is being heard by the Supreme Court, Kapil Sibal, who accompanied the delegation said that there is no investigation by the apex court. What is going on is a public interest litigation. "These matters can not be decided through a Public Interest Litigation", he said. "The country also feels it... three people have died... we feel there should be an independent probe".

Telling the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud that the procedure followed was in violation of Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, senior counsel Indira Jaising took the court through the contradictions and discrepancies in the report submitted by Maharashtra government. In their petition, the Opposition MPs said, "We believe that if lives of judges and lawyers are jeopardised for doing their duty, then democracy is under grave threat".

Since this case has raised serious questions about the independence of the judiciary, the MPs requested the president to intervene in the matter.

The memorandum, signed by 114 parliamentarians, asked for a Supreme Court-monitored probe, but asserted that officials of the CBI or the NIA should not be a part of the investigation team.

The investigation should not be entrusted to either the CBI or the NIA, given their track record, the MPs said.

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